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Earl of Reading’s Viceroy Presentation Medal 1921-1926. Silver issue (Zainab Jamal-ud-Din 1921

Dimension: 51mm

Suspension: Customized silver hanger suspension (one arm sprung)

Obverse: Coat of Arms of Lord Reading

Reverse: Raised inscription on 3x lines 'Presented by the Earl of Reading, Viceroy of India to' and below the recipients engraved name 'Zainab Jamal-ud-Din, and year date 1921'. The inscpription and naming flanked on both sides by tropical trees and on top a representation of the GCSI breast star upon whch is the order's motto 'Heavens Light Our Guide'

The recipient was an Indian lady of the Muslim faith, who received her medal in 1921 - and a very scarce instance of a medal named to a female recipient

Note: The early Viceroys medals were generally issued without suspensions - and there was never any approved riband authorised for wear with the medal throughout the history of the entire series. Later issues of the medal were fitted with suspension rings, but again no ribands were issued. The awards were generally awarded after long lengths of service, and or at retirement, amd recipients either serving, or retired could at their discretion fit their awards with ribands, and or mountings as they preferred. Reference 'Orders and Medals Miscellany of Honours 1985', and the artiile 'Viceroys and the Viceroy's Medals: Part 2, by the late Judge Henry Pownall for details and illustrations of these rare and highly prized awards of the British Raj. In the articles referred to, there appears illustrations of recipients wearing their awards, including 'Bahadur', a Native Headman, who wears a 'Linlithgow' medal on his chest suspended from an unusually long broad riband, with broad light centre and dark borders, while another recipient 'Nazir Ahmed', a Barber, in his livery, is shown wearing a 'Mountbatten of Burma' medal which is 'sans' riband and attached to his emroidered dress 'Kurta' by hooks!

A very scarce seen 'Viceroy Medal' named to a female recipient

Condition: Hairlines, rim & test marks, otherwise VF

Code: 18937Price: 425.00 GBP


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Earl of Willingdon’s Viceroy Presentation Medal 1931-1936. Silver

Un-named and un-marked

Dimension: 51mm

Suspension: Silver claw and swivel ring

Obverse: Conjoined busts of Lord and Lady Willingdon, with legend

Reverse: The Coat of Arms of Lord Willingdon

Note: The early Viceroys medals were generally issued without suspensions - and there was never any approved riband authorised for wear with the medal throughout the history of the entire series. Later issues of the medal were fitted with suspension rings, but again no ribands were issued. The awards were generally awarded after long lengths of service, and or at retirement, amd recipients either serving, or retired could at their discretion fit their awards with ribands, and or mountings as they preferred. Reference 'Orders and Medals Miscellany of Honours 1985', and the artiile 'Viceroys and the Viceroy's Medals: Part 2, by the late Judge Henry Pownall for details and illustrations of these rare and highly prized awards of the British Raj. In the articles referred to, there appears illustrations of recipients wearing their awards, including 'Bahadur', a Native Headman, who wears a 'Linlithgow' medal on his chest suspended from an unusually long broad riband, with broad light centre and dark borders, while another recipient 'Nazir Ahmed', a Barber, in his livery, is shown wearing a 'Mountbatten of Burma' medal which is 'sans' riband and attached to his emroidered dress 'Kurta' by hooks!

Very Scarce

Condition: About EF

Code: 18936Price: 325.00 GBP


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Imperial Service Medal. GV 1st type coinage head issue (Francis George Steel)

Important: The award is verified as published in the London Gazette issue of 22 March 1929, where the recipient is shown as Shipwright (Local Chargeman), H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth

Francis George Steel, son of George John Steel (a naval seaman) & Eliza Louise Steel (nee Parnell) was a native of Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, where he was born circa 1869. The 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census for England and Wales, record Francis as continually employed in that period by His Majesty's Dockyard, Portsmouth, where was variousy shown as a 'Caulker', 'Ship Caulker' & 'Wood Caulker' - a worker involved in the caulking of wooden timbers for ships hulls, beams & decks. He married Maud Emma Hookey in 1892, and with her had one child, a daughter, Winfred Francis Steel. Francis is recorded as having died in Portsmouth, England, on 3 December 1933

The Portsmouth Evening News issue of 30 October 1882, contains a lengthy article pertaining to young Francis, who appeared in court to defend a case of having assaulted another young lad in an altercation over perceived cruelty to a horse. Francis, was alleged to have been incensed by the cruelty he had witnessed by the complainant, and ultimately ended up throwing a stone weighing more then 1lb at the boy, which struck the complainants head and inflicted two wounds. The story is amusing - although at the time it cost young Francis, or rather his parents a fine of GBP 1 plus legal costs!

Condition: GVF

Code: 19173Price:


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Earl of Willingdon’s Viceroy Presentation Medal 1931-1936 . Bronze issue (Nathoo Ram, Cooly, 1936)

Dimension: 51mm

Suspension: Bronze claw with ring

Obverse: Conjoined busts of Lord and Lady Willingdon, with legend

Reverse: The Coat of Arms of Lord Willingdon

The recipient Nathoo Ram was an Indian of the Hindu faith, employed as a 'Cooly' (Labourer), who was decorated with the medal in 1936

Note: The early Viceroys medals were generally issued without suspensions - and there was never any approved riband authorised for wear with the medal throughout the history of the entire series. Later issues of the medal were fitted with suspension rings, but again no ribands were issued. The awards were generally awarded after long lengths of service, and or at retirement, amd recipients either serving, or retired could at their discretion fit their awards with ribands, and or mountings as they preferred. Reference 'Orders and Medals Miscellany of Honours 1985', and the artiile 'Viceroys and the Viceroy's Medals: Part 2, by the late Judge Henry Pownall for details and illustrations of these rare and highly prized awards of the British Raj. In the articles referred to, there appears illustrations of recipients wearing their awards, including 'Bahadur', a Native Headman, who wears a 'Linlithgow' medal on his chest suspended from an unusually long broad riband, with broad light centre and dark borders, while another recipient 'Nazir Ahmed', a Barber, in his livery, is shown wearing a 'Mountbatten of Burma' medal which is 'sans' riband and attached to his emroidered dress 'Kurta' by hooks!

Verys scarce

Condition: About EF

Code: 18935Price: 285.00 GBP


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Hong Kong Colony: Coronation Medal 1902. Bronze

Issued by the Colonial Governement of Hong Kong to all uniformed services, military, naval and police, British and native serving in Hong Kong on Coronation Day 1902

The medals were struck by Edmonds of London, and were issued without any approved ribbon, albeit, like this example they are frequently encountered suspended from the 'Imperial' pattern Coronation Medal ribbon, or 'red' (auspicious) silk ribands

This example in choice condition, with original lustre

Condition: About EF

Code: 19172Price:


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Natal Colony (South Africa): Coronation Medal 1902. Silver

Issued by the Colonial Government of Natal Colony

Metal: Silver

Dimension: 29mm

Weight: 11.4g

A larger, 51mm dimesion award was struck for award to native chiefs, in what is today Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa

Condition: VF

Code: 19170Price:


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1284 Pte A. Proudfoot RH)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is regimentally locally impressed in the correct style for awards of this medal to the 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), reference WO 100/400

Abraham Proudfoot, the son of Alexander & Margaret Proudfoot, was a native of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, where born circa 1890. The 1901 National Census for Scotland records Abraham as a Scholar, residing with his parents, two elder sisters and an elder brother (two other elder brothers were already by this time serving with the Black Watch) and living at the family home located at, 17 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Abraham enlisted in the British Army, sometime in 1908, joining the 'Family Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), and was subsequently drafted overseas to British India, where 2nd Black Watch were serving their overseas tour between 1902-1914. During his service in British India, Abraham had the distinction of serving at the great imperial assembelage - the Delhi Durbar - held at Delhi in December 1911, and the only time a ruling British monarch visited British India - and whereat the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders provided a Guard of Honour at the Durbar ceremonies. The 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V, at Delhi, and layer silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including a covetted award being issued to Abrham Proudfoot (the medal roll refers)

At the the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Abraham was still in India, serving at Bareilly Cantonment, where his battalion was a constituent unit of the mixed 'Bareilly Brigade', of the newly created 7th (Meerut) Division of the Army in India. Meerut Division was mobilized for war service and embarked from India for France on 21 September 1914. The 2nd Black Watch, with Abraham, now a Lance Corporal, first entering a theatre of war 'France', when he disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 12 October 1914. Abraham was never alone, while serving in India, or after disembarkation in France, as soldiering was very much in the Proudfoot blood, and the Black Watch was the family regiment, with Abraham having two older brothers serving in the battalion at the same time as senior NCO's, vis, Pipe-Sergeant Archibald Proudfoot (Prisoner-of War, 27 September 1915) & Company Sergeant Major Robert Proudfoot (Killed-in-Action 21 January 1916) - a magnificent fighting Back Watch tradition. For his services in the Great War, Private Abraham Proudfoot received a 1914 Star with dated clasp, British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medals (reference the respective medal rolls WO 329/2460 & WO 329/1351). Abraham survived the Great War and continued to serve with 'The Colours' and with the Black Watch into the 1920's, receiving his unique Army Number 2744696 in 1920. Later per Army Order 368 of 1926, he was in that year awarded his Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

A splendid large group photograph titled 'Belfast Family's Army Record' was published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph issue of 8 October 1914, including named photographs of all the Proudfoot family brothers and cousins then in uniform (8 of them) together with other family members

A most desirable Delhi Durbar Medal, to a son of a proud and loyal family that served in the Black Watch - the senior and most famous of the Highland Regiments

Sold together with some copied research, including extract page from the Delhi Durbar Medal roll

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18679Price: 285.00 GBP


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. 'Female' issue mounted on original silk bow riband, as worn by female recipients

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

Condition: GVF

Code: 18933Price: 195.00 GBP


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (W. G. A. Hanrahan. Govt India.)

Medal verified reference 'The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)'

From same above cited source;

Quote,

Hanraham, William George Augustine; 4th s. of Mr. Patrick William and Mary Bridgeway of Limerick, Ireland; educ: Old Hall, England; m. Regina, d. of late George Aviet; 1 s. and 1 d.; won Delhi Durbar medal, 1911; K-I-H. medal, 1912; Order of St. John, 1913; Royal Red Cross of Japan, 1914; Vice-President for India for the League of Mercy, Head-quarters Dufferin Fund, Victoria Scholarships Fund, St. John Ambulance Association, and St. John Ambulance Brigade. Address; Viceregal Lodge, Delhi, India. Club: Junior Conservative

Unquote.

From sources consulted, Hanrahan received below orders & decorations;

- Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil). LG Date 1919
- Order of St John of Jerusalem
- Kaisar-I-Hind. GV First class Gold
- Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver
- Order of the League Of Mercy
- Voluntary War Work in India 1914-1919 Badge
- Japan: Red Cross Order (1914)

Note: The Delhi Durbar medal was the only named medal worn by the recipient all his British and World Orders bestowed upon him being un-named

A most interesting and multi-decorated recipient - and the founding father of the St John Ambulance Brigade in India

Condition: About EF

Code: 19164Price: 225.00 GBP


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband fitted with a contemporary silver mounting brooch. This latter retainign the long hinged pin and clasp fittings, and as-worn

Condition: Toned about EF

Code: 18934Price: 125.00 GBP

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